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St. Peter’s Weekly News

February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday Services:

5:30 p.m. Brief and Informal Family Service in the sanctuary

7:30 Holy Eucharist with the choir in the sanctuary

Both of these services will include the imposition of ashes.

If our lives were a long piece of fabric with our baptism on one end and our funeral on another, and we don’t know the distance between the two, then Ash Wednesday is a time when that fabric is pinched in the middle and the ends are held up so that our baptism in the past and our funeral in the future meet. The water and words from our baptism plus the earth and words from our funerals have come from the past and future to meet us in the present. And in that meeting we are reminded of the promises of God: That we are God’s, that there is no sin, no darkness, and yes, no grave that God will not come to find us in and love us back to life. That where two or more are gathered, Christ is with us. These promises outlast our earthly bodies and the limits of time.

(From Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People; Nadia Bolz-Weber)

Lent Madness: Thank goodness there is Lent Madness to take our minds off deprivations like giving up chocolate or martinis. But I hear you ask, “How can I play and win that 50/50?” It’s easy: Beginning January 31, pick up a bracket and start making your picks. Keep a copy for yourself and put a completed bracket with $5 entry fee in my mailbox by Ash Wednesday, February 10. BE SURE your name is on my copy please. A large, color poster of the brackets will be in the parish hall, updated weekly, so you can keep track of your progress and yes, there will be a prize as well as cash money.  And spoiler alert- this year’s competitors include Albert Schweitzer, Sojourner Truth and Elmo, hoping to tickle his way into the Golden Halo (won last year by St. Francis). Good luck! Deacon Pat.

Sunday is ECS Sunday: A collection will be taken for Episcopal Community Services, a fine organization we historically support well. Please make your check out to St. Peter’s Church with ECS on the memo line or, if you prefer, cash can be inserted in an envelope.

Evening Prayer: Evening Prayer returns in Lent. It will take place every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:15 p.m. in the chapel beginning February 11th.  Come join Emily and your fellow parishioners for this 20 minute service of prayer, scripture reading, and quiet contemplation. Make Evening Prayer a part of your Lenten discipline this year.

Lectionary Bible Study: When looking for a Lenten discipline, what could be better than praying the Psalms? A classic part of monastery life, but practiced in the daily urban/suburban runaround. For the next few weeks, we’ll dive into the Psalm of the week (#91 for starters), set next to the Sunday readings. Bring your questions and stories (and snacks), and join us for a lively discussion around the Lectionary texts in the library after the 10 am service.

Adult Forum: This Sunday, February 14, please join us at 9:00 for adult forum. No guest speaker this week, but we will be previewing a video entitled Living the Questions. During Lent, we will see three different 20 minutes sessions and follow each with open discussion about the topics raised, beginning this week with An Invitation to Journey. Check out for further description and please join me as we explore this together. Deacon Pat

Office Closed: The office will be closed Monday, February 15th.

Joint Service: Next Sunday, February 21 we have been invited to join our friends at St. Philip’s for their 10 a.m. worship service. On this day we will not be holding any services, education or parish activities here at St. Peter’s. As in November, both choirs will be singing together and their bell choir will be performing. Emily and Pat will be assisting their Rector, Robin, with the liturgy. We will be providing carpooling from St. Peter’s. More details will follow soon. This is an important next step in our potential partnership, so we encourage you to please join us for this special occasion! Your Vestry

Drivers Needed: We are in need of volunteers to drive folks from the St. Peter’s parking lot to St. Philip’s for our joint service on the 21st. Please let me know if you have room in your car and are willing to do this. Thanks! Emily

Trivia Night: We are proud to present the 4th Annual Trivia Night on Friday, February 26 from 7:00 -10:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall. Come enjoy a night of friendly competition and creative fun. Teams of up to 8 people per table compete for a prize of $150 for the best score in a broad-based trivia game, as well as a prize of $100 for best theme/costume per table. Suggested donation is $20 per person or $150 per table with all remaining funds going to the St. Peter’s General Fund. Walk-ins are welcome and will be placed with a team. Teams of less than 8 are also welcome. BYOB and BYB (Bring Your Brain)!

Blood Drive: Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 8:00 am – 1:00 pm in the Parish Hall. There is an urgent need for blood donations! Make your appointment today – CLICK HERE

Corrected Time! Tim Brown, St. Peter’s Minister of Music would like to invite you to several upcoming concerts. On Saturday evening, February 13, at 7:00 PM, Jan Baldwin, soprano and Timothy Brown, tenor and piano, will present “Hooray for Love: A Valentine’s Cabaret” at The 1867 Sanctuary in Ewing NJ.  Please refer to the 1867 Sanctuary website for details –

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